I was looking forward to reading this book after reading the previous books in the series. For me, this was a “must read” and I was so excited to get my hands on it. I hold Cressida in high esteem and definitely view her as one of my favourite authors, so I had high hopes for this book! Once again, the beautifully illustrated cover sets us up ready to be transported to the beautiful sights of Cornwall & the expectations, excitement and drama of a wedding!
Love is in the Cornish summer air…
Wedding planner Ellie Moon is dreaming up the most beautiful bespoke wedding for Charlie and Daniel, owners of Cornwall’s favourite cream tea bus. Even though her own life has been turned upside down and she’s had to rent out her charming Cornish cottage with its climbing roses and lavender beds, Ellie is determined to give them a day to remember.
Her new tenant, handsome mechanic Jago, keeps popping up around the picture-postcard seaside village of Porthgolow. When they’re thrown together in the effort to help his elderly father get a spring back in his step, she discovers that he is full of surprises. Can romance bloom and give Ellie the fresh start she’s been wishing for?
I loved how, straight away, we were transported to the wonderful village of Porthgolow and this gave the book an escapist and familiar feel. I was back there again, in the setting that I have known to grow and love across the series.
However, as I always confess on my blog, I am not a traditionally big series reader and I prefer it when a book balances the needs of the series reader with the narrative talent of writing a self-contained plot. By introducing us to a new character in Ellie, but keeping us in touch with previous characters too, Cressida definitely does this. Therefore, though I would definitely recommend the series as a whole, this works well as a standalone book if you’re looking for a pick me up that will make you smile!
I loved seeing the planning and events of a wedding from the perspective of a wedding planner, and I definitely feel this is presented in a realistic way through the challenges Ellie faces, despite in some ways being seen as an idyllic job.
I loved the character of Ellie. She is hard-working, fun and I was rooting for her happiness throughout. Though, I loved meeting Jago and Arthur too.
This has once again been a comforting, uplifting and cosy read that has been a satisfying and sensory experience, as Cressida’s books always are. This is a perfect summer read, and if you are a fan of Milly Johnson or Jill Mansell, I urge you to pick this series up as you won’t regret it.